Critics Accuse Ciara Of Copycatting Beyonce’s Style

By Erin T. McMillon

NEW YORK (RPRN) 04/07/09-Since she began pushing her upcoming album, Fantasy Ride, the internet has been abuzz with reports of Ciara copying Beyonce’s style. According to Ciara, however, the perceived imitation is merely an expression of her own individuality.

Word originally started to spread when Ciara revealed the emergence of her alter ego Super C, a move Beyonce pulled with the release of her latest album I Am… Sasha Fierce. Things then got a little to coincidental for fans when it appeared that Ciara’s style and choreography were also being inspired by Beyonce.

During an interview with Honey Mag, however, CiCi addressed the compare similarities, brushing them off as nonexistent.

“I don’t think there’s really anything to address. I think it’s very, very funny,” Ciara said.

“They must have really enjoyed [my shows] that much to go and nitpick it, because it’s something they pulled up and was like, ‘Yo! There were a couple of things in there that I’ve never seen.’ I think that it’s important for us as artists to be original and to create something new, so it would be really silly of me to go and create something you’ve already seen.”Beyonce We Are One concert, january 18,2009

“So not one time were any of my references another artist. My references were clearly inspired from shows that I’ve actually seen. It goes to show how creative we can be and how close the worlds are. I did my first video with my metal outfit. I was inspired by Thierry Mugler. Now, from my understanding, Beyonce is using Thierry Mugler for her tour. It just is what it is. It’s very petty to me.”

CiCi also considered the criticism an inevitable side effect of her changing her style and growing up.

“It’s expected,” Ciara continued. “I am growing older, and I think it’s just a different transition for me because people were used to seeing me one way — even my creative ideas. They’re so used to seeing me with one vibe. That’s what this record’s about — showing that there’s a lot more to me that you haven’t seen. There’s a lot more that I want to share. So it’s expected. Whenever you do something different than what people expect you’re going to automatically get, ‘Oh gosh! What is she doing? We want the old CiCi.’ Who I am, who you know me as in the beginning has never changed. There are things that feel really good to me and I’m happy to express that.”

Ciara’s Fantasy Ride is due in stores next month.

source: Yo! Raps